Welcome to the
Flathead National Forest

Swan Peak Swan Lake DistrictIn the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. With lakes galore, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, over 2,000 miles of trail, campgrounds, ski areas, and year-round beauty, this forest is a premiere natural landscape of the American West. And it's all yours to discover!


Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Continuing our service to you during this time is very important. Please call the office number (to the left) for the district you want to contact so that we can answer your question or direct you to the information you need. Our services at specific ranger stations may be operating virtually, so it is important that you call in advance. Our office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Firewood Gathering Information


Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Rent a cabinBob Marshall Wilderness Complex Trail ConditionsTake a hikeHorse riding and packing Find a campsiteWater activities Click here to find out how to stay safe by following the regulations while in bear country.Click here to find a map to take on your adventures.Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest. Click here to find out more about collecting forest products like mushrooms, berries, and more!Get Involved with Forest ProjectsClick here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Flathead National Forest.


Explore Our Interactive Fire History Map

North Fork of the Flathead River from FordFire plays a natural role in Northwest Montana's fire-adapted ecosystems, helping shape resilient landscapes and preventing future catastrophic wildfires. You can now use our interactive map viewer to explore the wildland fire history for the Northern Region of the Forest Service, including the Flathead National Forest.


3 Forks of the Flathead Wild & Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

North Fork of the Flathead River from Ford The Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, has begun the process to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the 3-Forks of the Flathead River. The river and surrounding lands offer many public recreational opportunities and access to outstanding resources. The CRMP will address the current status of these resources, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities, and create a monitoring strategy and plan to carry forward. Click here to find out more

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Flathead National Forest – 2019 Year in Review

Flathead National Forest 2019 Year in Review

In 2019, the Flathead National Forest continued focused efforts to provide sustainable recreation opportunities for the public, reduce wildland fuels threatening homes and communities, and increase timber harvest opportunities for the local and national economy.

Get a Christmas Tree permit

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Interactive Visitor Map

Interactive Visitor Map

Every Kid Outdoors

4th Graders! Get your free Every Kid Outdoors Pass!

Forest Plan

Flathead National Forest Land Management Plan